U-Links COVID-19 Notice To Our Supporters and Community Clients
Celebration of Research Due to government protocols regarding gatherings and for the safety of all of our community participants, we have made the decision to cancel this year's Celebration of Research event that was to be held on Saturday, March 28th.
For organizations hosting research projects, students’ deliverables remain the same. Students are working on their final reports from home and have completed their posters which would have been shown at the Celebration of Research.
Although we can’t gather as a community, we do want to celebrate the results of research projects undertaken by students and community members. We are featuring a different research project each week on social media. You can find us on Facebook @ulinkscbr; on Instagram ulinkscentre4cbr; and on Twitter @ULinksCentre. Stay tuned for information about online access to media celebrating all the hard work our students have done this academic year.
Our staff team continues to welcome any ideas for research or community service learning projects for the fall academic term.
Office Closure In order to comply with our Federal and Provincial Governments’ protocols, the U-Links office is closed until further notice. Staff will be working remotely. We are still here to help. We are all working to determine the best way to continue to serve the community and our partners. You can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish everyone all the best during this challenging period. The U-Links Team & Management Committee
Research that Connects Us
Supporting, Social, Cultural, Environmental and Economic Development in Haliburton County Established in 1999, the U-Links Centre for Community-Based Research works with community partners, faculty and students to deliver research and community service learning services to Haliburton County. Our innovative Community- Based Education (CBE) program partners local organizations with faculty and students from Trent University and Fleming College to explore important research questions and increase the capacity of organizations via community service learning initiatives. The result is lasting relationships and tangible benefits to the social, cultural, environmental and/or economic life of Haliburton County. What is our mission?
To provide assistance to community organizations, businesses and municipalities in finding practical
information that will support development in Haliburton County.
To provide students with opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills by working on community-based research projects and community service learning projects.
To provide the community with opportunities to inform universities and colleges about community issues and development.
What can we do for you? The Community-Based Education Program offers local organizations an opportunity to tap into the resources of post-secondary institutions by linking community needs with capable and civic-minded students. These projects are completed for course credit under faculty supervision, with support from U-Links and guidance from the host organization. There are two project streams: Community-Based Research and Community Service Learning.
Community-Based Research is the collection, organization, and analysis of information to answer a question that is of interest to members of the community. These projects typically involve 1-4 students over a period of 4-8 months. The research project could be of a scientific, historic, cultural, social, economic, or environmental nature. A partnership with U-Links would include Research Support. U-Links can help define the scope of a research project, provide advice and resources about what methods to choose (i.e. surveys, focus groups, interviews, etc.), assist in getting results back out in the community, or simply help you brainstorm ideas!
Community Service Learning is a form of experiential education that aims to achieve immediate outcomes for the community, while facilitating student learning. Projects are practical in nature and increase an organization’s capacity to achieve a targeted goal (e.g. completing an event, survey, or activity). This is a great option for organizations looking for a shorter engagement (10-25 hours) and a larger number of students.
All completed reports are archived and searchable in the Haliburton County Library Website, https://olco.ent.sirsidynix.net/client/en_US/haliburton/ as well as the U-Links Research Database https://www.ulinks.ca/research-database.html.
For longer term projects, U-Links can also assist organizations with Project Management – such as grant writing, facilitating meetings with partners, overseeing research, and writing reports.
U-Links is a project of the Haliburton County Community Co-operative, and is supported by Trent University, Fleming College, the Township of Minden Hills and other community partners.